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Harriett Baldwin questions Health Secretary on testing health workers for COVID-19


16th March 2020

Following the Government Statement in the House of Commons on the Coronavirus pandemic, Harriett Baldwin asks about testing frontline health workers and about building up immunity.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

Does the test give evidence of no infection? That goes to the point that has been made about frontline health workers. Is the Secretary of State saying today that there is an immunity that builds up? Has that been medically confirmed for people who have had this once?

Matt Hancock

On the latter point, the chief medical officer has set out today that immunity is built up by having had this virus. That evidence is constantly being kept under review, but immunity does appear to be built up. On the testing point, as I said to the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), of course we want tests to be available for everyone. Our goal is to beat this virus. We want to make sure that all our frontline medical staff can have the testing and that everyone in the community can have those tests, but where only a limited number of tests are available we have to use them to save life. I am working as fast as I can to increase the number.

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